Jalapeño cilantro salsa

Jalapeño salsa recipe

This mild and creamy jalapeño cilantro salsa is made with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and olive oil. This is my brother Ramon’s awesome recipe and I have to warn you that this jalapeño aji or salsa is highly addictive. It has a lot of flavor without being overly spicy. Ramon (Moncho) does a good amount of grilling and uses this sauce to accompany grilled meats, seafood, and more. I also like to use this sauce for basting when grilling. This jalapeño cilantro salsa can also be used as a dipping sauce for empanadas; it also goes great with patacones or plantain chips. I’ve also used it as a salad dressing – it works really well when you’re looking for something that will add a spicy (but mild) touch to any dish.

Jalapeño cilantro salsa

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Jalapeño cilantro salsa
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 ½ to 2 cups of salsa

Jalapeño cilantro salsa

Mild and creamy jalapeño cilantro salsa recipe made with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and olive oil.


  • 4-5 jalapeños, seeded, deveined and cut in large chunks
  • 1 medium sized bunch of cilantro, which is about a little over 1 cup of packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ to ¾ cup of olive oil, adjust based on how thick you want the salsa
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place all the ingredients in a mini food processor or blender, mix/blend until all the ingredients are completely crushed and the sauce is smooth. Make sure the sauce is blended well enough so that the olive oil is well mixed into the salsa.
  2. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. The salsa is best if used the same day it’s prepared.


You can blend the ingredients in a mini food processor or in a blender; the consistency does come out smoother in a blender. However, sometimes it’s just easier to make it in the food processor. Regardless of which appliance you use it’s important to make sure that even after the all ingredients are crushed and blended, you still need to blend a little bit more to make sure that the olive oil is completely incorporated into the sauce.

This aji salsa is very similar to my aji criollo recipe. It has very similar ingredients, but while you can use any variety of hot peppers for the aji criollo, for this salsa the key is to use jalapeños, it doesn’t have the same flavor if you use any other type of pepper. Also, I use water in the aji criollo, while this jalapeño cilantro salsa uses only olive oil. This jalapeño cilantro salsa reminds me of a chimichurri style sauce because of the combination of olive oil, garlic and herbs; even though traditional chimichurri uses finely chopped herbs.

Jalapeño cilantro salsa


Step by step preparation photos of the jalapeño cilantro salsa:

Jalapeños, cilantro, limes and garlic for salsa o aji Combine the ingredients in the a mini food processor or blender and mix well For an extra smooth salsa use a blender
Easy jalapeño cilantro salsa recipe Jalapeño cilantro salsa
Homemade jalapeño salsa recipe Jalapeño Chimichurri Salsa


This post was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Layla Pujol


  1. Ryan Yearous says:

    This is sooooo good! Thanks for sharing. We have been using it on tons of dishes and it gives food great flavor.

  2. Do you include the olive oil while you blend it, or you put it at the end?

  3. Sara Simmons says:

    Could avocado be added to this?

  4. This was absolutely delicious!!!!! Thank you!!!

  5. Hi Laylita! Love your website! I surfed into it while looking for some good salsas, mainly for later in the season when my greenhouse will be filled to the brim with tomatoes and chillies and my kitchen garden will be overflowing with garlic and coriander (cilantro). I am growing a new chilli this year, the Aji Límon (also known as Hot Lemon, Lemon Drop) which apparently has a great citrus flavour. I was thinking of trying it in your aji criollo sauce or perhaps this one. Do you have any other suggestions for uses? I am told the plant produces enormous crops so I’m going to have to find good uses and ways of storing them! :) Greetings from Sweden, Laura

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